The location of the house had not yet been revealed by the successive GPS screens. I had never been to the area, even though it was just a few winding miles away from our home of four years. I was squinting at the black and neon image on the tiny screen, in an attempt to ascertain where we were next headed.
“I won’t ticket you for speeding. You have no points on your license, and a clean driving record. You were going well over the speed limit, so take future note.” Her voice was matter-of-fact, but her intense eye contact left me feeling like I had committed the gravest of offenses. She had more to say. She stood with her arms folded and leaned down to make a closer point. I cringed. “I will, however, have to fine you for your GPS obstructing your view. It’s the lesser amount of the two fines, but I will need to to ticket that violation.”
I was still feeling the weight of the offense that I had unwittingly committed.
Even though I have the highest regard for safe driving, am an earnest speed limit adherent, and usually am protectively driving the most precious of cargo around to school and social events, I had violated the law.
There is a Latin legal phrase for such situations as this: ignorantia legis neminem excusat. This means ignorance of law excuses no one. I compliantly mailed my check into the town that week, and my GPS now sits on my dashboard.
Many of us are metaphorically driving around with our GPS’s unabashedly, and illegally, suction-cup-adhered to our windshields. We have no idea that we are committing a violation, but it’s out there for others to see. Even the most law abiding Kingdom citizens aren’t aware that some of their actions are wrong, and that these actions come between them and answered prayers. At other times, violations were committed by other people, even people who are long gone from our lives, but the offenses remain unacknowledged, and continue to adversely affect us profoundly
Ignorantia legis neminem excusat. This means ignorance of law excuses no one.
It is because of God’s legal system that Mr. Henderson’s son was set free from the cost of sin. We benefit from the security of living in this just heavenly system. God is vastly concerned about justice. Isaiah 30:18 tells us, “Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” An understanding of justice reassures the righteous because we know that justice thwarts the chaos and confusion of a lawless society. When we work with the justice system and comply to its requirements, we are protected, and we are set free.
Robert Henderson explains that previously evasive breakthrough in prayer can come when we move our prayers off of the battlefield, into the Courtroom of Heaven. He teaches how the heavenly system works, and how the enemy, a legalist, will use our misunderstanding or underestimation of this system against us. Mr. Henderson shows us how this system is meant to work for us, even while the enemy seeks to use it against us.
Robert Henderson writes, “When the devil has a legal right to perform evil, God must allow it unless someone comes to the court of heaven to contest that right.” Therefore, “When evil occurs, we should always look for the legal right that allows it. When we do, we can confidently go into the court of Heaven, deal with the legalities and shut the door on evil.”
This system is meant to work for us, even while the enemy seeks to use it against us.
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
Romans 8:31 says, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Operating in the Courts of Heaven can provide profound hope to the deeply distressed intercessor. It reminds us that God is intricately concerned for us. He is on our side! This book uncovers the oppressive tactics of the enemy. It provides strategies to help us experience the promise of John 10:10, which says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
This book also explains how God, in His love and passionate desire to bless us and readily answer our prayers, is sometimes bound by His justice system. Operating in The Courts of Heaven sheds revelatory light on a clear Scriptural concept that has been underutilized in our generation.
God, in His love and passionate desire to bless us and readily answer our prayers, is sometimes bound by His justice system.
Robert Henderson also wrote Operating in The Courts of Heaven Study Guide. It walks you through the process up to and through presenting your cases in the Courtroom of Heaven. It is a delineated guide through the legal process and is a practical and helpful companion to Operating in The Courts of Heaven, which is full of testimonies and stories that illustrate the teaching.
As Robert Henderson notes, “Unanswered prayers are a part of a Christian’s experience.” The New Testament thematically likens prayer to warfare, but there sometimes comes a time to change our strategy to a legal one. To come before the Courts of Heaven is still warfare. It's warfare from a legal stance. This is how corporate America wars, for example. If you are at the point where you believe that a new strategy is welcome or even desperately needed, Operating in The Courts of Heaven will offer you hope and opportunity.
I strongly believe that this book can change lives, and my hope is that it will be bought, read, and acted upon with haste, to end many long-standing struggles. I further believe that its strategies can prevent decades of frustration and longing. My prayer is that this book will penetrate His church to bring tremendous victory to His Kingdom! God bless you as you move forth in the personal victories that Jesus has secured for you!
Quotes from Operating in The Courts of Heaven
by Robert Henderson
“Once we maneuver our ways through the courts of Heaven and get legal things arranged, God can freely then grant to us the passion of His heart.”
“This is why repentance is so important. Our repentance grants God the legal right to display and show His mercy. Otherwise we live far below what Jesus purchased at the cross. Even though it is legally ours, we can only get it when we execute into place the verdicts of the cross.”
“Restoration is always a result of legal activity in the courts of Heaven. God decreed a double portion restoration for all Job had suffered. Job had to first pray for the friends who had accused him during his troubles rather than stand with him. It is interesting that when Job prayed for his friends, it granted the courts of Heaven the legal right to restore his fortunes. How often are we not getting our restoration because we will not forgive and release?”
“The Lord promises a new thing that will be done. Notice that He says He will do it. The question is, will we know it and recognize it when it happens?….We must ask the Lord to make us sensitive and aware of His new things so we don’t persecute and dismiss the new thing of the Lord.”
“We have to recognize the need for legal precedents to be set before we run to the battle. We are in a conflict, but it is a legal one. Remember that Jesus never pictures prayer in a battlefield context.”